Rush @ Tweeter Center (7/6/2007)

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Artist: Rush
Venue: Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ)
Opener: n/a
Date: 7/6/2007
Label: Atlantic Records

I had been preparing myself to see Rush as they would support their newest CD “Snakes And Arrows” for the Sunday show that would be held at the PNC Bank Arts Center, but Lady Luck was on my side when happenstance would find a friend with an extra ticket to offer for the gig that was happening over in Camden, NJ at the Tweeter Center a couple of days earlier. I had never ventured to this arena for a show before and since this was Rush how could I resist the additional chance to see them. Of course when one considers that Camden had been labeled by the FBI as the nation’s most dangerous city I guess I could have entertained a little resistance but I digress, I figured that once inside the arena grounds we would be fine. This gig was also the chance to remain a fan for a change as opposed to always fighting the good musical fight for Hard Rock and Metal journalism. Of course I knew in my heart that I would comment on it somehow so here we go. Since this was now my first Rush show for the tour every moment would be a surprise for the most part with the exception of one of my friends deciding to spill all of the beans at his BBQ only a few days before we had all headed to the show. Needless to say the event was incredible and I will let the readers get to learn the A to Z scoop on the PNC Bank Arts center piece that will post a few days after this outline.

I will say this much and that is the set would mirror the show I would see the following Sunday with the exception of “Summertime Blues” and beyond that everything else was the same. Rush tends to stick to a particular set for a tour by only mixing up a number or two on different nights. The latter is from the bands release “Feedback” and while it’s an interesting cover, I would much rather hear a Rush original than a cover any day. We jotted down the set list as usual and found that a really strong emphasis was done for the new album which was not all that bad to experience given the overall quality of the new release. Many Rush fans say that it was far better than their previous effort “Vapor Trails”, a release which I felt had some good moments but perhaps not as many as “Snakes and Arrows” seemed to have.

Tonight I would also pick up some cool merchandise and one thing I grabbed was a complete tour book archive in a hardcover book. It was pricy but has every tour program the band ever had put out including this current tour. This is something the fans will go crazy about if you asked me. As I watched them kicking ass I was also making mental note of how I would be shooting photos during the coming Sunday show. Seeing it in advance had me realizing the angles and visuals that I would try to bring to you readers when I was officially reviewing Sunday. The crowd in Camden would be very lively and that’s always great to find being the case. Rush’s following is very dedicated and there were attendees that spanned several generations and also people that one always sees at Rush shows. My companions and I each ran into old friends who had not been seen since the last time that Rush toured. The crowd excitement level increased as each song went by and when it came to the classics the roar from them would deafen any non-concert goer. Sunday was really going to be a lot of fun to say the least.

The show ran about three hours with maybe a little extra time tossed in for good measure. I was not really following my watch tonight and just content with Rocking and Rolling with my friends. We had made a good 100 mile trek to the venue it seemed and started out the evening right by grilling up a little bit of burgers and dogs and enjoying a couple of cold beers. The music from our car and the surrounding vehicles in the parking area were all blasting Rush music. Of course I am generally one of those guys who doesn’t like to listen to the band that we are going to see on the day of such a concert, but majority vote found me listening to whatever Rush the driver had on his Ipod. All in all a very interesting and fun night “off” from the usual course of action. Once home I would prepare some advance notes to help me along on Sunday and then the rest was a countdown. Ten, nine, eight…….

Set List:
1. Limelight
2. Digital Man
3. Entre Nous
4. Mission
5. Freewill
6. The Main Monkey Business
7. The Larger Bowl
8. Secret Touch
9. Circumstances
10. Between The Wheels
11. Dreamline
12. Far Cry
13. Workin’ Them Angels
14. Armor And Sword
15. Spindrift
16. The Way The Wind Blows
17. Subdivisions
18. Natural Science
19. Witch Hunt
20. Malignant Narcissism
21. Neil Peart Drum Solo
22. Hope
23. Summertime Blues
24. The Spirit Of Radio
25. Tom Sawyer
26. One Little Victory – encore
27. A Passage To Bangkok – encore
28. YYZ – encore

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